It’s so strange how life offers some bitter experiences which shatter a person to the core. A blind faith on someone can leave you in snippets. These days the businesses of self-proclaimed saints are quite prevalent and it’s difficult to differentiate between genuine and fake people. They say, in every walk of life, one has to be extremely careful, especially in the recent times, because, you never know, the person, whom you believed as a God can stoop down to a level and can destroy you completely. In India, people blindly believe on these people and tend to do anything and everything to woo them. Especially, when during your hard times, you tend to believe them to get over your predicament.
Not beating around the bush, will narrate a true story which my mom told me. There was this lady, who was known to my mom since childhood. My mom’s sister and that lady were friends right from childhood till the recent past. After my aunt passed away, there was no way to contact her. But her story was something, which everyone knew and people sympathized her for that. Her plight was unending. After some years of marriage, her husband left her and she used to stay with her grandmother and maternal uncles. Years passed and then finally, she was remarried again. For some time, everything was quite normal and finally she was happy. But they say you cannot change your fate, when you are destined to so many sufferings, you just can’t get away with that. She had two lovely kids, and when they were very small, her husband passed away and she was thrown out of the house by the in-laws. She had nowhere to go, as her grandmother was also no more, to take care of her and her maternal uncles also threw her mom out due to some property disputes and both mother and daughter rented a small house and stayed there.
This was a predicament, which the more she wanted to get over it, the more it entangled her. However, she got to know about some so-called saint, who claimed to solve all her problems, and without a single thought she went to him and narrated her fate and he promised to solve all her problems, provided, she has to comply with everything he said. And to which she complied, because her life was arduous to handle and she needed someone, who can help her get over all the problems and when she met this person, she felt that may be this person is God’s sent and he will help her. Now she would do as told by this person. He asked her to open a jewellery shop by his name. She did. He asked her to buy 4 flats in a particular area and give one flat to her, she complied. At one point, she trusted him blindly, that if he asks her to breathe she would breathe. She was like a robot in his hand. He took advantage her situation and every penny she earned; she would give it to him without saving a penny for herself and her family. Moreover, the whole family was trapped by this swindler and believed in his spoofs and tricks. However, she was so frivolous, that she felt whatever she is now, is because of that “Baba”. And so her madness continued. She treated him like a God. And he behaved like one. And she became quite rich with the shop she opened and also, her ex-husband’s property belonged to her and the kids, which helped her in her bad times. But in her mind, this was all because of that “Baba”. Now she had everything, but she would still listen to this person. And even if she was satisfied, that “Baba” made her believe, this is not enough for whatever she has gone through and she has to earn more and more.
And then one fine day, all her madness, blind faith and her belief succumbed at one go. That so-called “Baba”, asked her to sign all the property papers in his name and as a stupid kid, she did that and then after some time, he took them out saying he’s taking them to a temple and on the way he murdered the whole family, including the kids and took all her properties and ran away. One could make out his intentions, when he asked her to give the flat to him and then when he asked her to sign all the properties in his name. How foolish can one get when they trust someone so blindly. She couldn’t imagine that this person would cheat her. And she was also asked to cut all the contacts she had and not talk to anyone. Actually no one knew where she was and she was completely out of contact with anyone. By the time, she realized, everything was over, she lost her life and her whole family was murdered brutally.
SO you see, trusting someone blindly, can destroy you, if you don’t want to see and understand his bad things and you feel that all is good and he is a God to you. For some, even if they get a small doubt they shrug it off, thinking a silly thought. Because of these people, it’s difficult to understand who is genuine and who is fake. Having sad that, even if that person is a genuine saint, one should not be blinded by trust they have created that you can’t make out what is right and what is wrong.
SO the crux of the story is, listen to your conscience and don’t create a wall of faith beyond which you just can think and do anything. There is a thin line between faith and blind faith and one has to understand that and differentiate between right and wrong.